'How can breasts be a weapon?' Hong Kong protesters ask after 'absurd' court ruling
After a woman was jailed for attacking a police chief inspector with her breasts, angry civilians in Hong Kong protested against the “ridiculous” and “alarming” ruling.
Hong Kong: After a woman was jailed for attacking a police chief inspector with her breasts, angry civilians in Hong Kong protested against the “ridiculous” and “alarming” ruling.
The protesters are angry over a deputy magistrate's ruling that convicted 30-year-old Ng Lai-ying of launching a “breast attack” on the right hand of Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po who was tackling the protests against cross-border traders on March 1.
As per a CNN report, a video footage of the incident shows the 30-year-old lady protester falling down to the ground in an altercation with a cop. However, the video does not show clearly what happens next, but ends with the shot of the woman with her face bleeding.
According to a report in the South China Morning Post, Ng Lai-ying claims that the police officer's hand landed on her breast, which she protested, shouting “indecent assault”.
However, Deputy Magistrate Michael Chan Pik-kiu dismissed her claims and blamed her for tarnishing the police officer's reputation by levelling fake molestation accusations against him.
"You used your female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested you. This is a malicious act," the SCMP quoted him as saying.
To protest against the judge's ruling, several civilians, including men, wore bras over their t-shirts and held banners saying, “Breasts are not weapons” and “Shame on Police”.
Protesters are angry over the judgment that sent the 30-year-old woman to jail for three and a half months for the so-called “breast attack”.
Others held up bras or banners with bras and shouted slogans.
Calling the verdict “ridiculous and alarming”, a 24-year-old activist Ng Cheuk-ling told CNN how baffled she was and wondering “how a breast attack works".
She questioned whether this precedent will silence women in cases of sexual violence.
"It's ridiculous and alarming that the judge didn't just convict the protester of assaulting police with her breast, but that her seeking help was also considered part of the assault," she told the CNN.
"The ruling is absurd. How can breasts be a weapon?" she told AFP.
Another male protester, wearing a black bra, took a dig at the judgment and questioned if police would some day “accuse us of attacking with our penis or buttock," the AFP quoted him.
Another activist said that the police must rethink over the guidelines to deal with females during any protest.
Slamming the ruling as an "insult to all the women on this earth," a pro-democracy legislator Leung Kwok-hung told CNN, "Breasts are the origins of human beings; no one can survive without the breasts of their mothers".